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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 9:15 PM 

Debate shifts to bill directing federal money away from Planned Parenthood

The amended bill would attempt to redirect as much as $3.5 million annually in federal Title X grants away from Planned Parenthood.

The bill, AB 310, would require the state Department of Health Services apply, starting in 2018, for the grant money and distribute it to the Wisconsin Well-Woman Program and local or state health departments or clinics. Public entities can distribute the money to other groups as long as they and their affiliates do not perform abortions.

Dem Sen. Jon Erpenbach is arguing it's ironic the bill is trying to redirect money from Planned Parenthood, but the legislation would force the DHS to do what the organization does in order to get the money.

"This is actually too good," Erpenbach said. "I couldn't come up with something like this."

Sen. Chris Kapenga, author of the Senate bill, said the legislation would give Wisconsin the chance to get millions of dollars to direct toward services such as cervical cancer screening, contraceptives and sexually transmitted disease screening.

"We're going to be able to go and get money," the Delafield Republican said, "for these critical health services."


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